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2004 Goat Field Day

Our annual Goat Field Day will be held on Saturday, April 24, 2004 at the Langston University Goat Farm with registration beginning at 8:00 a.m. This year's theme will be Controlling Unwanted Vegetation Using Goats. This year, our featured speakers will be Ms. Kathy Voth and our own Dr. Steve Hart.

For the past six years, Kathy Voth has worked for the Bureau of Land Management and Utah State University on a demonstration research project to use goats for fire and weed control. Her interest in this sprang from her involvement in the 1994 Storm King fire, where 14 firefighters died, and her desire to find a safer way to protect homes and lives. Her research project included managing a herd of 130 goats, measuring goat impacts on vegetation, and putting together solutions for fencing, watering, and managing animals so that livestock producers and land managers could easily and successfully use this tool.

Kathy is adjunct faculty at Utah State University, teaching an internship program to prepare students to work for natural resource management agencies and organizations. She is now working with Utah State University to develop a network to provide training for those interested in teaching livestock to eat a wider variety of foods to control weeds and improve biodiversity. She is also coordinating a pilot project with the Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site to use cows to control Canada thistle, leafy spurge, and spotted knapweed.

Kathy has developed several resource materials for vegetation management, including the website http://www.livestockforlandscapes.com. Livestock for Landscapes is a resource for information on management techniques, training opportunities, and suggestions for how communities and livestock producers can work together to create sustainable, economically viable communities and landscapes.

In addition to the website, Kathy has developed a handbook entitled “Goats! for Firesafe Homes in Wildland Areas”. This CD handbook and other resource information will be on sale at the Goat Field Day.

Dr. Steve Hart has been at the forefront of an USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) grant that Langston University received in 2001 and has nearly completed. The primary objective of the project is to increase appropriate employment of goats in sustainable vegetation management in grazing lands of the south-central US, with particular emphasis on Native American Nation tribal lands or lands of tribal members. To this end, we have been working with the Caddo Nation, Cherokee Nation, Choctaw Nation, Greater Seminole Nation, Osage Nation, and Sac and Fox Nation. Steve’s presentation will focus on the results of this project.

In the afternoon session, participants will break into small-group workshops. There will be a total of thirteen workshops; however, participants will only have time enough to attend three.

Afternoon workshops include:

  • Continued FireSafe session with Kathy Voth,
  • Continued SARE session with Steve Hart,
  • Basic Goat Husbandry I - hoof trimming, farm management calendar, disbudding, etc. with Jerry Hayes,
  • Basic Goat Husbandry II - pregnancy diagnosis, injection sites, dewormers and other approved drugs with Dr. Lionel Dawson,
  • USDA Government Programs - overview of USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service’s work with goats and its cost-sharing program with Dr. Mark Moseley and Mr. Dwight Guy Of USDA-NRCS,
  • Tanning Goat Hides - demonstration of basic goat hide tanning techniques with Roger Merkel,
  • Oklahoma Milk Regulations - basic regulatory knowledge for dairy producers with Frank Harris of Oklahoma Department of Agriculture,
  • Dairy Products Overview - discussion on goat dairy products with Steve Zeng,
  • Nutrient Requirement Web Calculators - calculation of energy and protein and feed intake requirements using our new Internet-based calculation system with Art Goetsch,
  • Simulation Goat Production Modeling - overview of computer simulation program for meat, dairy or fiber goat production with Mario Villaquiran,
  • Cheesemaking Overview - basics of cheesmaking with Steve Zeng
  • DHI Training - supervisor/tester training for dairy goat producers including scale certification with Langston staff,
  • General Youth Activities - fun activities for younger youth with Sheila Stevenson, and
  • Fitting and Showing for Youth and Adults - full day workshop with Kay Garrett.

Ms. Sheila Stevenson, Jeff Wilson, Ms. Candice Howell, the LU Collegiate 4-H Club, the LU Rodeo Team, Langston Fire Et Police Departments, Guthrie Police Department, and other volunteers will host a full day of activities for youth ages 5-12. This will allow the parents and older teens to enjoy the workshops knowing that their little ones are in a fun and safe environment. Some activities will include: goat education (i.e., goat petting area Et goat bingo); Risk Watch Injury Prevention (i.e. water safety, fire/burn prevention); fishing derby; and many other activities.

Other youth and interested adults will be able to participate in a full-day clipping, fitting, and showing workshop conducted by Ms. Kay Garrett of the Oklahoma Meat Goat Association. Participants will have the opportunity to have hands-on practice of clipping and fitting a goat and then show it before a judge in the show ring.

Again, this year we will have a cheesemaking workshop. This year the workshop will be conducted by our Dairy Foods Technologist, Dr. Steve Zeng. This year the full-day cheese workshop will be on Friday, April 23, 2004, the day before the Goat Field Day. This workshop will provide participants with a unique, hands-on experience of making cheese. Registration for the cheesemaking workshop is $20 and is limited to the first 15 participants who have pre-registered. You must pre-register by calling Dr. Zeng at 405-466-3836 ext 226.

You can bring your own lunch and picnic on the grounds or you can pre-register for a lunch of barbecued goat, beans, potato salad, refreshments, and goat milk ice cream. Cost of the lunch is only $7.00 per person.

Registration for the Goat Field Day is FREE but there is a $7.00 per person charge for the optional barbecued goat lunch. Please make plans to attend the Goat Field Day now.

For information regarding the 2003 Goat Field Day, contact Dr. Terry Gipson at (405)466-3836 or at tgipson@luresext.edu


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